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Powerful Koch group endorses Haley’s 2024 Republican presidential bid

Powerful Koch group endorses Haley’s 2024 Republican presidential bid
Former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley answers question form journalists in the spin room following the GOP Presidential Debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, US, on 27 September 2023. (Photo: EPA-EFE / Etienne Laurent)

The conservative US political network led by billionaire Charles Koch on Tuesday endorsed Nikki Haley for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, giving the former South Carolina governor a boost among party rivals struggling to make a dent against frontrunner Donald Trump.

The influential group, which pushes for tax cuts and less government regulation, has made clear that beating former president Trump in the primaries is a top priority, as they think he would lose the November 2024 election to President Joe Biden. Biden beat incumbent Trump in the 2020 White House race.

“We would support a candidate capable of turning the page on Washington’s toxic culture – and a candidate who can win. And last night, we concluded that analysis,” the Koch group, Americans for Prosperity Action, said in a statement.

“That candidate is Nikki Haley.”

The group said its internal polling confirms anecdotal reports from activists on the ground on what they are hearing from voters in states with early presidential nominating contests.

They show Haley, the former ambassador to the United Nations, is in the best position to defeat Trump in the Republican primary, it said. Internal polling also “consistently shows” that Haley is the strongest candidate by far to beat Biden in a general election, it said.

Public opinion polls show Haley battling with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for a distant second place behind Trump.

The super-PAC has raised over $70-million to spend on political races, an official with the group said in July.

“In sharp contrast to recent elections that were dominated by the negative baggage of Donald Trump and in which good candidates lost races that should have been won, Nikki Haley, at the top of the ticket, would boost candidates up and down the ballot, winning the key independent and moderate voters that Trump has no chance to win,” it said.

The group promised Haley “the full weight and scope of AFP Action’s unmatched grassroots army and resources” in her bid to become the next US president.


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  • C Moola says:

    1. Trump is no longer GoP flavour of the month. He is too much, even for the Republican bosses. Finally. Welcome to reality.
    2. They think they can get rid of him! The man’s a 2-year-old and he wants banana-flavoured strawberries. He’s going anywhere as quietly as a two-year-old who wants banana-flavoured strawberries in the middle of the mall.
    3. They said the same thing in 2016, that trump was the guy who was going to turn “the page on Washington’s toxic political culture”. Yeah. Right. Hello, Nikki. you gonna drain the swamp, right? De ja vu.
    4. All trump did was light up the way for toxic Christians to overturn RvW and make US society more dangerous for women. And build half a wall. He did! 50% ain’t bad.
    Washington is still a swamp.
    5. And the Dems are really going to field sleepy Joe. Again. Really? Good grief.

  • Lisbeth Scalabrini says:

    Good to hear, Nikki Haley has always been my favourite!

  • Charles du Sautoy says:

    The Koch’s shunned Mr Trump in 2016, and yet he still become president. One hopes that, in 2024, sufficient voters will have realised what a monster he is that, if he is nominated, he loses.

  • Petrus Kleinhans says:

    Trump on the Republican ticket gifts the US election undeservedly to the Democrats. But don’t they have any leaders palatable for the electorate, and will they really go with geriatric Biden again?
    It is incredibly ironic to watch the Republicans trying desperately to rid themselves of Trump. All this while the Democrats with their persecution of the candidate by any means necessary are actually making the biggest contribution to get Trump on the Republican ticket again.

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